Five alive! Demar Derozan and Rudy Gay had 24 points apiece and Kyle Lowry had a triple-double as the Toronto Raptors earned a solid 96-88 victory over the Washington Wizards. The Raptors (22-32) are now 6-2 with Rudy Gay and 8-19 on the road.
Sharpshooting rookie Bradley Beal had a game-high 25 points for the Wizards (15-37), who have now lost two straight.
I said in the preview that John Wall would be the focal point of the Wizard offense, and it’s not surprising the Raptors came out on top given Wall’s play. The third-year guard out of Kentucky shot just 1-of-12 from the floor and committed 7 turnovers. The Wizards as a team shot just 38.5 percent.
The Wizards also turned the ball over repeatedly, with 10 cough-ups at the half (5 from Wall) which led to 16 Raptor points.
The Raptors led from late in the first quarter all the way to the final buzzer, and the lead was cut to no lower than four. Martell Webster did make it interesting, though. Off a Raptors turnover with a minute left, Webster had a wide-open court and elected to pull up for three. He sank it, trimming the lead to six. However, the Raptors then got a lucky foul call and held on for the win.
1. DeMar DeRozan: 24 points on 50% shooting, and was one of the active defenders in the 2nd quarter (3 steals).
2. Rudy Gay: also had 24 points and 3 steals. His shot was hit-and-miss, though. Many of his shots were hitting back rim as his release point was jerky. He also committed 5 turnovers and was emphatically blocked twice.
3. Andrea Bargnani: Il Mago has been coming in off the bench and shooting the ball with confidence. I really like his mid-range stroke, and would be content for him to stay in Toronto (cue the haters!).
1. Alan Anderson: listen up, folks: this man is not a shooter. He has the mentality, but not the form or the skills.
The Raptors next visit the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow, former team of Rudy Gay. It’s gonna be a good one. Hopefully, the Raptors will keep it close for Rudy so he can knock down another baseline jimmy. Not this guy!
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